Greta Thunberg Slams New Zealand’s Unambitious Climate Emergency

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Greta Thunberg has slammed New Zealand’s “so-called” climate emergency. But rather than thank Greta for her criticism, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has compounded her error, and publicly contradicted the harsh words of the Swedish global climate leader.

Greta Thunberg calls out New Zealand Government for ‘so-called’ climate emergency declaration

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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg has called out the New Zealand Government for its “so-called” climate emergency declaration earlier this month.

In a tweet on Sunday (local time), the 17-year-old linked to a Newsroom opinion piece, arguing the Government’s declaration is merely virtue signalling unless it’s backed by immediate action to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.

“‘In other words, the Government has just committed to reducing less than 1 percent of the country’s emissions by 2025’,” Thunberg tweeted, quoting an excerpt from the article.

She continued: “Text explaining New Zealand’s so-called climate emergency declaration. This is of course nothing unique to any nation. #FightFor1Point5.”

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The following is New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern compounding her shameful lack of climate ambition by trying to talk back to Greta Thunberg.

Jacinda Ardern defends climate change goals after Greta Thunberg scoffs at emergency declaration

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has defended her country’s climate change policies after activist Greta Thunberg suggested the country lacked ambition.

Ms Ardern said the comments referred only to part of New Zealand’s goals on climate change.

Ms Thunberg took to Twitter on Sunday to say that New Zealand’s “so-called climate emergency declaration” was “of course nothing unique to any nation”.

New Zealand announced earlier this month that it would become carbon neutral by 2025.

Ms Ardern told reporters she welcomed Ms Thunberg’s contribution to the debate on climate, but said the emergency declaration covered only a portion of New Zealand’s climate change goals.

“If it was the sum total of what we were doing, it would be worthy of criticism, it’s clearly not,” Ardern said, adding it’s “only a good thing that there are people out there continuing to urge ambition and action”.

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How dare she? How dare a mere Prime Minister like Jacinda Ardern question and contradict the words of a great climate leader like Greta Thunberg? Jacinda in my opinion is a total climate traitor, her refusal to accept correction from someone who has never held elected office, had any meaningful responsibility, and has AFAIK never even set foot in New Zealand is proof of her guilt.

Karl Marx once explained “The mode of production of material life determines altogether the social, political, and intellectual life process. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but on the contrary their social being, that determines their consciousness.”.

If New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern genuinely wants to foster a green consciousness amongst her people, Ardern should stop being so half hearted about climate action. She should follow the advice of Greta instead of arguing with her, she should follow the path laid by Greta Thunberg and Karl Marx and go all in to create a mode of production and social being which leads people to a glorious green epiphany.

Hilarious when the green left eat their own.

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Ian Magness
December 16, 2020 2:52 pm

I wonder if St Greta has any idea how small (on a global scale) NZ’s economy, and thus “carbon emissions” really are? I would imagine hydro and geothermal give NZ comparative advantages too. Perhaps she would be advised to direct her fire elsewhere.
On the other hand, Ms Arden clearly hasn’t read what a truly great scientist St Greta is and she would be advised not to challenge the professor further. Well, Greta must be eminent because an English school has just named its new science laboratory after her. The Turdberg Laboratory (or similar). OK, perhaps I didn’t quite get that spelling right, but the story is true. You couldn’t make it up.

Reply to  Ian Magness
December 16, 2020 5:44 pm

But there’s all that sheepoop! Sheepoop, sheepoop, sheepoopapoopapoop!

Reply to  Ian Magness
December 17, 2020 2:47 am

I wonder why anyone gives this willful child media coverage.

Reply to  James
December 17, 2020 6:13 am

Because their cause is so morally bankrupt that there is no better spokeschild.

John the Econ
December 16, 2020 2:53 pm

Was just thinking about how we hadn’t heard from Greta for awhile. Not much since the phony “climate crisis” that is supposed to kill us all was replaced with a real crisis that might kill just .03% of us.

What Greta thinks plus $5 still won’t get you anything at Starbucks. Most adults I know would refuse to be lectured on science, economics and politics by any ignorant and petulant teenage high school dropout.

Did Greta threaten to put Jacinda Ardern up against a wall if she did not do as Greta says.

John the Econ
Reply to  Eric Worrall
December 16, 2020 5:44 pm

Perhaps. But as a true believer, Greta also threatens those who have divisions. They won’t tolerate her past a certain point.

December 16, 2020 3:07 pm

This is what happens when you give two idiots microphones.

Jeff Meyer
December 16, 2020 3:18 pm

I am thinking the world is going to pop….. I just hope we come out better on the other side……

December 16, 2020 3:27 pm

Carbon emissions, especially diamond emissions, are already very low. Carbon emissions in the form of soot is higher, but still very low with the implementation of particulate traps on diesel powered vehicles.

December 16, 2020 3:27 pm

The left eating itself.🍺+🌽

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
December 16, 2020 4:21 pm

Left eating itself sounds like a very insubstantial diet. Lightweight, full of greens, but no red meat.

Bruce Cobb
December 16, 2020 3:30 pm

Within the Climatist religion, St. Greta is of the fundamentalist subset, whilst Jacinda is merely an evangelical.

Carl Friis-Hansen
December 16, 2020 3:32 pm

I wonder if GT is so very different than so so very many other people.
Merkel is pulling much the same direction and so is Biden.
People in general will discovery what is currently happening too late, if Trump & Co. doesn’t manage do drain the swamp and thereby reveal the evilness currently unfolding.

GT is laughable, but the swamp and JA are not.

If you fall over the interview on YT 4 hours ago QfQgfWY6RS4 with Michael Wendler from the German RTL, who is now in voluntary exile in North America, I recommend to watch it. It is in German though.

December 16, 2020 3:35 pm

How dare the NZ PM think that she could fool Greta….Greta Thunder-berg hurls lightning bolts… the old Norse God.

Ian Johnson
December 16, 2020 3:35 pm

Handbags at dawn. May neither win.

December 16, 2020 3:35 pm

Well Greta,

Can we count on you to reduce YOUR real (no purchased offsets for mitigation or any other silly crap) carbon footprint by 5% by 2025? That’s only 1% per year … you can do it if you try.

December 16, 2020 3:59 pm

Emporess Jacinda is getting short shrift from Saint Greta – How dare she!?!??

Jacinda has shut the borders against the pesky little China virus and crippled the Kiwi economy, which is heavily dependent on tourism. In the end, she will have destroyed the economy of the country and prevented the nation from developing any form of herd immunity. When the borders re-open to kick-start the moribund economy, the vulnerable will perish quickly and add to the mortality related to poverty, depression, starvation, and energy scarcity (winter is coming).

Think of all the “carbon” saved by reducing the number of “carbon” exhalers!

Donald Gray
Reply to  GeologyJim
December 17, 2020 2:49 pm

New Zealand economy is now back to pre-Covid levels and there haven’t been any Covid deaths for months. Talk of energy scarcity is nonsense. How are you getting on?

william elbel
December 16, 2020 4:08 pm


Why would anyone from Sweden oppose climate change to more comfortable winter levels?

Now if she was from the Equator I might buy it, but not Sweden or Canada (Canada’s light pollution stops at the Maine US border)!

Mumbles McGuirck
Reply to  william elbel
December 16, 2020 4:23 pm

“Why would anyone from Sweden oppose climate change to more comfortable winter levels?”
Because she’s not very smart. ‘Nuf said.

Chris Hanley
December 16, 2020 4:27 pm

“… The Government says its net zero public sector target is leading by example …
… there’s value in leading by example, but you can’t lead by example alone … (Marc Daalder).
That is exactly what leading by example means.
The only way NZ can become ‘net zero’ is by eliminating the 48% of GHG emissions from the agricultural sector, ~0% would automatically follow.

Mumbles McGuirck
December 16, 2020 4:28 pm

This just goes to show you that you should never try to appease the Left. You will never succeed. They just keep moving the goalposts further left.
What the PM should do is advise Ms. Thunberg to go pound sand. (This sounds more impressive in a Boston accent)

December 16, 2020 4:57 pm

It is great to see two World-Leading Climate Bubbleheads going at each other with hammer and tongs. The rest of us feel temporarily safer for it.

Craig from Oz
December 16, 2020 6:19 pm

Greta needs to be careful.

The South Seas Tyrant has form on this. Last self identifying Green that caused trouble in New Zealand is in goal with their name formally deleted and their writings banned.

Greg in NZ
Reply to  Craig from Oz
December 16, 2020 8:18 pm

And his video game/movie banished too: can’t have ‘proof’ of a B-grade psy-op, where ALL agencies failed to notice a young Australian male, who had travelled to all the dirty hot-spots “by independent means”, commence his Ides of March preparation, script, act.

5-Eyes of intentional blindness, but hey, it achieved its goal, and a majority of fearful NZers voted ‘the pretty communist’ back in again. Jacinda and Grumpy – bit players who talk too much.

BTW we were promised a ‘heatwave’ this week from ‘experts’ predicting near 30 deg Celsius days… um, didn’t happen, anywhere, but anyway, that’s NORMAL for summer, sometimes.

December 16, 2020 6:49 pm

Did I miss Greta’s criticism of China, currently the highest carbon emitting country, for only allowing “emissions” to peak by 2030?

Reply to  Robber
December 17, 2020 12:53 pm

I was just wondering the same. If she gets that upset over a tiny country like NZ, she must be absolutely apoplectic with rage about China. How could we have missed it?

December 16, 2020 6:57 pm

It’s all about posturing over trade . The EU doesn’t want to negotiate a trade agreement with NZ that has the word “free ” anywhere near it.
So EU threatens NZ with trade barriers to encourage compliance with EU-directed “sustainability” dreams.
Greta is the useful idiot , as usual.
You’re being abused Greta.

Reply to  farmerbraun
December 16, 2020 8:36 pm

The EU and the USA used to put such high hygiene regulations on NZ meat exporting companies all to make NZ’s meat exports less viable while their own were disgusting.
I wish that brainless Greta puppet would quietly disappear. Such an uneducated twit compared to the anti-Greta.
I want to live another ten years just to see what drum they will be beating when CAGW collapses and is shown for what it is.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  mikebartnz
December 17, 2020 2:50 am

CAGW probably won’t collapse in a heap. It will gradually whither away as Marxists discover some other way to destroy civilization…

Robert of Ottawar
December 16, 2020 7:07 pm

I don’t give a greta what you fink, Greta. OK.

nw sage
December 16, 2020 7:25 pm

Eric, You are beginning to sound more and more like David Middleton – a GOOD thing.

December 16, 2020 7:35 pm

Greya, go see a psychiatrist. Living in constant outrage about imaginary crises is not healthy. But then that defeats the point, doesn’t it? The adrenaline rush of persistent outrage is addicting. Sucks to be you.

Phil Schwarz
December 16, 2020 8:44 pm

Does this person have 12 to 14 years of study of climate control, weather changes, and history of weather over the last 2000 years. In other words, a PhD in climatology! If not, I am going to the local bar to grab a cold shiner boch!

Kiwi Gary
December 16, 2020 11:09 pm

Ardern is, at present, being held in check against more outrageous climate stunts by an elder statesman who is also Minister of Finance. He is known to take her aside from time to time for a , “Hang on a minute mate” talk. { Known officially as mentoring ]. If he loses influence for whatever reason, I can see her reprising her belief system from when she was President of the International Union of Socialist Youth [ The youth wing of Communist International ].

Joel O’Bryan
December 16, 2020 11:51 pm

Greta displays the true “never enough, always more” nature of socialism.
If Ardern, even as green stupid as she is, did everything today the climate cult demanded, then tomorrow it would not be enough. Never satisfied, tomorrow would come with the new demands from the Green socialists for more and greater sacrifices.
There is only one way to deal with socialists… do not ever let them have the levers of political power. Venezuela shows clearly what happens when that lesson is not heeded.

High Treason
December 17, 2020 12:54 am

The countdown towards Greta’s irrelevance is on. Once she turns 18, her fibs and tantrums will no longer be acceptable. She will lose her status as the Child High Priestess of the Climate Cult of Doom and Gloom. Just 17 days to go.

Watch out for that huge flurry of activity and hype-documentaries etc before her reign comes to an end.

We might have a little party with meatballs*served with hockey stick shaped spikes), Swedish Princess cake and Grehito cocktails (basically a modified mojito) with dry ice. Might don the yellow raincoat again and sing the song How Dare You (to Dayenu, a very catchy Jewish tune.) Working on the song to Dancing Queen-Climate Queen.

Coeur de Lion
December 17, 2020 1:31 am

I’m fascinated by how this works. Does Thunbergeroni read the world press wire service in English and come up with these erratic little headline captures herself or is there a backing organisation exploiting her? Hey, Grets dear – here’s a rant for you.

December 17, 2020 3:34 am

mouthy lil brat;-) thought It’d been quiet too long
jacintas already screwed the economy by stopping oil/gas offshore
busy ruining dairy n farming
not much left to be done to get back to stoneage is there?

Ed Zuiderwijk
December 17, 2020 5:08 am

Haha. One virtue signaller signalling another virtue signaller that she isn’t virtuous enough.

Walter Sobchak
December 17, 2020 10:01 am

Swiss Journalist Jacques Mallet du Pan (1749-1800) coined the adage “A l’exemple de Saturne, la révolution dévore ses enfants” “Like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children”.
Every revolution winds up with its leaders being taken to the guillotine, and with the man on horseback taming the mob with a whiff of grapeshot. Today, Greta plays Madame Defarge. Tomorrow she will be found to be insufficiently revolutionary by the Red Guard.

December 17, 2020 10:59 am


Mickey Reno
December 17, 2020 3:19 pm

Has anyone else noticed the pimping of a new movie about Greta by Hulu? You’d think she was the Virgin Mary or a beatified saint. I just do a face palm, roll my eyes and move on to some other content.

December 17, 2020 5:05 pm

Not to criticize the face of anyone … let alone a child; But this child is developing that whole Chief Inspector Dreyfus eye-tick thingy.

Jim edwards
December 17, 2020 11:32 pm

It is a fantasy of mine, for a world leader to look at Greta,. The UN and wef and just smile and say, F*#k off.

December 18, 2020 10:54 am

People still listen to this tard?

Latus Dextro
December 19, 2020 11:24 am

The pot calling the kettle black, or in this case a green watermelon calling another watermelon, red, or to put it yet another way, a gesticulating low wattage dwarf tyrant calling out the Comrade queen of virtue signalling.
The pimple on a gnats bottom that is New Zealand epitomises geopolitical, economic and climatism irrelevance. Reads more like astroturfing to help the Comrade trial the Great Reset down under?

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